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Legendary IRON MAIDEN Illustrator DEREK RIGGS Interviewed (Video)

The Rockin’ Rag‘s Rock’n Rolivia conducted an interview with legendary IRON MAIDEN illustrator Derek Riggs on March 16 at the grand opening of Rock Your Loxx hair salon in Oceanside, California. You can now watch the chat below.

Riggs is behind one of the most recognizable characters in all of heavy metal, IRON MAIDEN‘s mascot Eddie. He has created some of the most complex album covers of all time with precision and a painterly flair.

Riggs‘ art book “Run For Cover: The Art Of Derek Riggs”, was presented as a 180-page, full-color, large-format, top-quality art book, sporting approximately 200 graphics, some previously unpublished, some unfinished, many pristine originals from the IRON MAIDEN vaults, thanks to the full cooperation of MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood and his charges. In addition, Riggs painted a stunning new Eddie to grace the cover.

In a 2012 interview with Classic Rock magazine, Riggs was asked where the inspiration for IRON MAIDEN‘s “The Number Of The Beast” artwork came from.

“The manager phoned me up and said they wanted a picture for a single cover that was about the devil and witchcraft and was called ‘Purgatory’,” he said. “There was a Doctor Strange comic which had some big villian with Doctor Strange dangling on some strings like a puppet; it was something I read as a child back in the 1960s, I think. The picture came to mind right away. I thought I could do a very effective heaven-and-hell thing using Eddie. Most of those hell backgrounds were taken from my knowledge of medieval European Christian art which was full of such scenes.

“They phoned me up on the Friday night and they wanted the picture by Monday morning, so I only had two days to get the whole thing finished. So I had to work for two days and nights without any sleep to get it done on time. Because of the tight deadline, I had to use a kind of shorthand for all the figures. I had to get them in but I didn’t have time to paint them. So I drew layers of black silhouettes with a pen and separated them with layers of airbrushed mist to try to give the picture some depth. It was quite a fast way to do it so I managed to get quite a few in there. I even got an H.R. Giger Alien in there as well.”

BLIND GUARDIAN’s Hansi Kürsch On Sold Out Box Set A Traveler’s Guide To Space And Time – “This Can Be Considered A Success And There Will Be No Reissues”

Germany’s BLIND GUARDIAN recently released A Traveler’s Guide To Space And Time, a strictly limited edition box set with 15 CDs in 13 high quality digipacks, limited to only 8,000 copies worldwide. Italy’s SpazioRock has issued a new interview with singer Hansi Kürsch, in which he discusses the set. An excerpt from the interview follows: Continue reading BLIND GUARDIAN’s Hansi Kürsch On Sold Out Box Set A Traveler’s Guide To Space And Time – “This Can Be Considered A Success And There Will Be No Reissues”

ROB ZOMBIE: New Single Available For Streaming

“Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Super Town”, the new single from ROB ZOMBIE, can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below. The song comes off his eagerly awaited new album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”, which will be released on April 23 on Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/Ume. The CD was produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with everyone from BLACK SABBATH and ALICE COOPER to WILSON PHILLIPS and LYNYRD SKYNYRD.

“Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” track listing:

01. Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
02. Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
03. Revelation Revolution
04. Theme For The Rat Vendor
05. Gong Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
06. Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)
07. Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures
08. White Trash Freaks
09. We’re An American Band (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD cover)
10. Lucifer Rising
11. The Girl Who Loved The Monsters
12. Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin

The “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” cover artwork can be seen below.

“I think for the first time this new album perfectly merges the old days of WHITE ZOMBIE with the future of what I am doing now,” says Rob. “I think fans of both will agree that this is the perfect combo of both worlds.”

A rock icon and auteur filmmaker with insight and unlimited vision, Rob Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of music, film, and publishing. Now, the seven-time Grammy-nominated recording artist releases his fifth solo album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”, which includes “Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Super Town”, along with such tracks as “Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga”, “Lucifer Rising”, “Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures” and a heavy-duty cover of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD‘s “We’re an American Band”.

“Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” is the first release on Rob‘s new label, Zodiac Swan, through T-Boy Records/UMe.

Zombie told The Pulse Of Radio what goals he set for himself in making the new album. “I wanted someone to hear it and go, ‘Wow, I haven’t heard that before,'” he said. “I wanted it to be just different. We really went out of our way with the sounds, so every song has a very different sound, a very different guitar sound, drum sound, just everything, where the sound, the actual sound becomes very important. You know, after all these years you want to still try to feel that you can break through new, creative areas in your own mind, and that’s really what we’re just trying to do, you know.”

T-Boy Records is veteran rock manager Andy Gould‘s new partnership with Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) which will serve as an umbrella label releasing new music and albums from established iconic hard-rock bands with major followings.

Gould, who currently heads his own Spectacle Entertainment Group, has managed Rob Zombie since his days in WHITE ZOMBIE. Gould‘s track record includes sales exceeding fifteen million worldwide and seven Grammy nominations with Zombie, including securing deals for Zombie to become one of only a handful of people to have unprecedented success for six feature films as the writer and director.

“We have had a great deal of success in the past with Rob Zombie,” explains Gould about his decision to take the new venture to UMe. “We want to sign rock bands with brand names that do good business on the road, and have been underserved by the major label system. The idea I had arose out of discussions with the other managers of major hard-rock acts who all felt their artists could benefit from an improved label experience. We’re looking to super-serve this niche audience, which is tremendously loyal, and is often even larger internationally than here in the States.”

As a musician, Rob Zombie has sold over fifteen million albums worldwide to date. His last studio album was “Hellbilly Deluxe 2”. The CD came a decade after its predecessor, “Hellbilly Deluxe”, the album that established Zombie as a solo artist after the breakup of multi-platinum group WHITE ZOMBIE. That triple-platinum album also yielded a string of successful radio singles, namely “Dragula”, “Superbeast” and “Living Dead Girl”, which dominated the airwaves.

The rocker-turned-film director is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of five feature films, with a worldwide gross totaling more than $100 million dollars. The week of his album release, Zombie will premiere his sixth motion picture, “The Lords Of Salem”, that he wrote, directed and produced in tandem with the producers of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, on April 26, with Anchor Bay Films.

Last year, in addition to working on his film, Zombie also dominated the touring world in 2012, blowing away audiences on the road with MEGADETH, then with MARILYN MANSON for the “Twins Of Evil Tour”. Zombie and his band of maniacs — John 5 on guitar, Piggy D on bass and Ginger Fish on drums — brought their elaborate, multi-media production, complete with hair-raising theatrics, animatronic robots, oversized LED screens, a non-stop collage of psychotronic monster film clips, a spectacular light show, a gigantic robot with flames shooting out of its body, pyrotechnics, insane guitar riffs and vicious beats to audiences and festivals around the world.

ROB ZOMBIE: ‘Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor’ Track Listing Revealed

The eagerly awaited new ROB ZOMBIE album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”, will be released on April 23 on Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/Ume. The CD was produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with everyone from BLACK SABBATH and ALICE COOPER to WILSON PHILLIPS and LYNYRD SKYNYRD.

“Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” track listing:

01. Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
02. Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
03. Revelation Revolution
04. Theme For The Rat Vendor
05. Gong Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
06. Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)
07. Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures
08. White Trash Freaks
09. We’re An American Band (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD cover)
10. Lucifer Rising
11. The Girl Who Loved The Monsters
12. Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin

The “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” cover artwork can be seen below. Also available is an audio sample of the CD’s first single, “Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Super Town”.

“I think for the first time this new album perfectly merges the old days of WHITE ZOMBIE with the future of what I am doing now,” says Rob. “I think fans of both will agree that this is the perfect combo of both worlds.”

A rock icon and auteur filmmaker with insight and unlimited vision, Rob Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of music, film, and publishing. Now, the seven-time Grammy-nominated recording artist releases his fifth solo album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”, which includes “Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Super Town”, along with such tracks as “Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga”, “Lucifer Rising”, “Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures” and a heavy-duty cover of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD‘s “We’re an American Band”.

“Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” is the first release on Rob‘s new label, Zodiac Swan, through T-Boy Records/UMe.

Zombie told The Pulse Of Radio what goals he set for himself in making the new album. “I wanted someone to hear it and go, ‘Wow, I haven’t heard that before,'” he said. “I wanted it to be just different. We really went out of our way with the sounds, so every song has a very different sound, a very different guitar sound, drum sound, just everything, where the sound, the actual sound becomes very important. You know, after all these years you want to still try to feel that you can break through new, creative areas in your own mind, and that’s really what we’re just trying to do, you know.”

T-Boy Records is veteran rock manager Andy Gould‘s new partnership with Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) which will serve as an umbrella label releasing new music and albums from established iconic hard-rock bands with major followings.

Gould, who currently heads his own Spectacle Entertainment Group, has managed Rob Zombie since his days in WHITE ZOMBIE. Gould‘s track record includes sales exceeding fifteen million worldwide and seven Grammy nominations with Zombie, including securing deals for Zombie to become one of only a handful of people to have unprecedented success for six feature films as the writer and director.

“We have had a great deal of success in the past with Rob Zombie,” explains Gould about his decision to take the new venture to UMe. “We want to sign rock bands with brand names that do good business on the road, and have been underserved by the major label system. The idea I had arose out of discussions with the other managers of major hard-rock acts who all felt their artists could benefit from an improved label experience. We’re looking to super-serve this niche audience, which is tremendously loyal, and is often even larger internationally than here in the States.”

As a musician, Rob Zombie has sold over fifteen million albums worldwide to date. His last studio album was “Hellbilly Deluxe 2”. The CD came a decade after its predecessor, “Hellbilly Deluxe”, the album that established Zombie as a solo artist after the breakup of multi-platinum group WHITE ZOMBIE. That triple-platinum album also yielded a string of successful radio singles, namely “Dragula”, “Superbeast” and “Living Dead Girl”, which dominated the airwaves.

The rocker-turned-film director is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of five feature films, with a worldwide gross totaling more than $100 million dollars. The week of his album release, Zombie will premiere his sixth motion picture, “The Lords Of Salem”, that he wrote, directed and produced in tandem with the producers of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, on April 26, with Anchor Bay Films.

Last year, in addition to working on his film, Zombie also dominated the touring world in 2012, blowing away audiences on the road with MEGADETH, then with MARILYN MANSON for the “Twins Of Evil Tour”. Zombie and his band of maniacs — John 5 on guitar, Piggy D on bass and Ginger Fish on drums — brought their elaborate, multi-media production, complete with hair-raising theatrics, animatronic robots, oversized LED screens, a non-stop collage of psychotronic monster film clips, a spectacular light show, a gigantic robot with flames shooting out of its body, pyrotechnics, insane guitar riffs and vicious beats to audiences and festivals around the world.

Shade Empire sign to Candlelight Records

Unspeakably brutal guitar patterns, multi-layered and yet beautiful synth walls, ingenious arrangements combined with electronics, devastating drum parts, complex bass assaults and the unique vocals coming straight from the deep pits of Hell!

Formed in Kuopio Finland 1999, Shade Empire has developed its own genre. After three demos they inked deal with Italian label Avantgarde Records. Soon after that Shade Empire was ready to record the first full length album titled as ‘Sinthetic’ (2004). ‘Sinthetic’ got praising reviews from all over the world and also the fan base grew enormously worldwide!

In January 2006 Shade Empire entered the famous Studio Perkele to record the follow up to ‘Sinthetic’. In May 2006 Shade Empire unleashed the next album, ‘Intoxicate O.S’. ‘Intoxicate O.S’ was a huge success. In its opening week it achieved position 25 in the Official Finnish Charts! A of couple weeks before that the début single ‘Slitwrist Ecstasy’ entered position 3 in the Official Finnish Single Chart!

Summer ‘06 was quite a hectic time for the band as they played several gigs and festival-shows in Finland and that continued until autumn due to fact that Shade Empire was chosen to headline Popkomm’s Metal Evening held in Berlin, October ’06. In spring 2007 Shade Empire started to write new material and did only a few, select shows during that time (i.e Tuska Metal Festival). In October ’07 band entered Studio 33 to record their third album.’Zero Nexus’ was a concept album, taking the band to new dimensions! The album was released in spring 2008 and it raged to 15 at the official Finnish charts! After the release the band toured in Finland and did successful shows at Tuska Open Air 2008 and the main stage of Nummirock.

2008 concluded with a European tour featuring Unleashed, Krisiun and One Man Army And The Undead Quartet. The tour was a success and the fans over Europe were left aching for more! Recordings for their fourth album called ‘Omega Arcane’, the first for Candlelight Records, are now finished. The album consists of 11 songs and totals over 74 minutes in length! ‘Omega Arcane’ is massive, a heavily orchestrated concept album and takes the bands sound to a whole new level.

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